The Creative District


What does our Creative District do? It is designed to serve as a hub of creative economic activity, thereby enhancing the Downtown Fort Collins area as a desirable place to live, visit, conduct business, and develop economic activity.


Proudly one of the most recognized downtowns in the nation, Downtown Fort Collins is home to a successful creative and innovative culture. Set in the picturesque Fort Collins Old Town historic area, the Creative District contains a bustling pedestrian center and historic buildings housing hundreds of shops, boutiques, restaurants, theatres, music venues, museums, performance centers, and art galleries.

The nationally acclaimed revitalized business area is surrounded by historic residential areas, award-winning breweries, and colorful public art. This urban district is interconnected with picturesque pedestrian alleys and flower-lined sidewalks and is easily accessible by comprehensive bicycle paths.


Events and festivals are a regular occurrence in the Creative District, including the two largest music festivals celebrating Colorado music: Fort Collins Music eXperiment (FoCoMX) and Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. The Colorado Brewers’ Festival, celebrating a quarter century of the Colorado beer industry and New Belgium Brewing’s original Tour De Fat bicycle-powered parade and festival also take place downtown.


Public art can be seen and experienced at every corner with Pianos About Town, the city’s transformer box and paver art programs, and many murals both modern and historic on downtown buildings. All of this, plus hundreds of creative businesses and entrepreneurs make the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District a wildly attractive destination for visitors, residents, collectors and artists!

“Creative energy is one of Downtown Fort Collins’ most abundant natural resources and we spend it wisely!”

~ Peggy Lyle, Creative District Director

Home To Creatives!


District Creative Jobs

(Creative Vitality Index for 80524, 80521 - 2016)

Art in Public Places Projects


Creative Industry Sales in District

(Creative Vitality Index for 80524, 80521 - 2016)

Creative Industry Earnings in District

(Creative Vitality Index for 80524, 80521 - 2016)